Ryan Sessegnon is likely to be one of the new, young faces incorporated into England’s post-World Cup squad as Gareth Southgate looks to build on the Three Lions’ success in Russia.
The Daily Mail has highlighted the Fulham winger as one of the young stars that Southgate and his England coaching staff will be keeping a close eye on in the first few weeks of the season. The teenager was a star performer as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side won promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs, finishing the campaign as Fulham’s leading goalscorer with sixteen goals. Sessegnon’s versatility would give him the chance to cover at least two positions and make him a potential successor to Ashley Young, who filled the left wing-back role at the World Cup, but, aged 32, is unlikely to make it through to Euro 2020.
Sessegnon has starred at youth level for England, being a regular scorer at under-15 and under-16 level whilst he was making waves in Fulham’s junior sides. He helped England’s under 19 side win the European Championships in Georgia last summer and has caught the eye since his meteoric rise into Fulham’s first team having been asked to train with the senior side by Slavisa Jokanovic last summer. Sessegnon, who won his solitary England under-21 cap earlier this year after sweeping the board by winning a succession of EFL and Championship awards for his mature performances in Fulham’s midfield, has already been earmarked as an England star of the future, having been selected alongside Phil Foden and Mason Mount to be part of the FA’s delegation in Russia as part of a plan to give the youngsters a taste of the international experience.
Sessegnon, who has been with Fulham since joining their under-nine side in 2008, is widely expected to sign a new, long-term contract with the Londoners in the coming weeks.